Purpose and Role
The Police Oversight Panel was created by the Council to increase community involvement in police oversight and to ensure that historically excluded communities have a voice in police oversight. The ordinance establishes the Police Oversight Panel an independent entity supported by the Office of the Independent Police Monitor.
The monitor assists the panel by providing summaries of complaints and complaint investigations, data on monthly statistics, analysis of local policing trends and access to national best practices. The monitor also organizes and facilitates the training of panel members.
The role of the panel is to review completed internal complaint investigations, make recommendations on disposition and discipline for those complaints, and to make policy and training recommendations to the department. The panel may also identify analyses that they would like the monitor to conduct. The panel members also provide an oversight function with regard to the monitor by providing regular feedback to the monitor and to the city regarding the work of the monitor’s office.
Previous Meetings and Materials
For accessing information on previous Police Oversight Panel meetings and agendas, contact Joseph Lipari at 720-376-3980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Suzy Gordon
- Sasha Strong
Taishya Adams is a servant leader focused on collective liberation and stewardship through community building, personal transformation, and systems change. Taishya has been a Boulder, Colorado resident since 2012 and currently serves as a commissioner to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The commission is a citizen board, appointed by the Governor, which sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks and wildlife programs. Taishya is the Policy Director and Colorado Co-lead for Outdoor Afro. Outdoor Afro is a nationwide network that inspires Black American connections to nature and leadership. As Policy Director, Taishya engages with our leaders, networks, policymakers, and partners on education, health, and environmental policies affecting Black people, Black communities, and the planet. Previously, Taishya worked at American Institutes for Research as an Educational Equity Specialist leveraging policy, research, and practice to strengthen public education. Taishya also worked with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the DC Public Charter School Board, and the Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools. Taishya is the founding Board President of New Legacy Charter School, a public charter high school and early learning center Colorado. Taishya also serves on the Colorado Natural Areas Council, the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, and the #Nature for All International Taskforce. Taishya holds a MA in International Education from George Washington University and a BA from Vassar College in Political Science and Film.
Ariel Amaru is a first-year associate at Crowell & Moring. She received her law school degree from the University of Colorado and her undergraduate degree from The George Washington University. Her undergraduate thesis on Black women’s experience of DV won the outstanding undergraduate research of the year award.
Dr. Suzy Gordon is an occupational therapist who has worked extensively with vulnerable populations in all parts of Boulder County through their clinical career, working in both the fields of Home Health and Skilled Nursing. Suzy enjoys helping others through their work but felt a strong responsibility to pursue opportunities that would broaden their impact and strengthen people, families, and communities as a whole.
Sarah has significant experience in the corporate world participating in and leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion oversight councils – including developing data-based policies, training, and codes of conduct. As a Latinx member of the LGBTQ community, with a black child; and coming from a family of military and police service, she has a unique intersectional view of policing. Sarah moved to Boulder County four years ago and is active in various community groups.
Victor King is a Recovery Coach Manager at Mental Health Partners. A longtime Boulder resident who brings a passion and experiential knowledge of recovery. He is a current member of the 2020-2021 Leadership Fellows of Boulder County.
Daniel Leonard received his BFA, BA, and MBA from CU Boulder. He is the Assistant Director of Marketing at CU Boulder for CU Presents. Daniel also works with a local theatre company BETC. He believes the arts are essential to a more empathetic and connected world.
Sasha Strong is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians from the north country of Minnesota. She moved to Colorado nine years ago to pursue an education at the University of Colorado Boulder. In 2016, Sasha received national honors as a Udall tribal policy scholar and served on the Dean's Advisory Committee. Sasha ultimately received her B.A. with Distinction in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy in 2017.
After spending a year working in state-level policy post-graduation, Sasha decided to attend law school at the University of Colorado School of Law in 2018. Sasha studies American Indian Law and Family Law in earnest, having spent a year and a half in the Juvenile & Family Law Clinic representing indigent families and youth under the Student Practice Act. In early 2020, Sasha won third place in the National Native American Law School Association (NNALSA) Writing Competition for her paper titled, Murder in the Right Place: Restoring Oklahoma to Indian Country.
In addition to her academic foci and success, Sasha has also dedicated herself to diversity and inclusion - both within the law school and the Colorado community at-large. In fact, Sasha co-founded the Womxn of Color Collective the University of Colorado Law School and currently serves as an executive. Sasha is also the Vice President of the Boulder chapter of the Native American Law Student Association. In addition, Sasha has held various leadership positions in the community, including time as a Boulder County Head Start Councilmember and as a Denver American Indian Commissioner. In 2021, Sasha was appointed to the Boulder Police Oversight Panel and was elected to serve as the panel's co-chair.
In her spare time, Sasha enjoys spending time with her family and dog, playing soccer, and beading traditional Native American jewelry.
Hadasa is a Quality Supervisor for a local food manufacturer where she specializes in policy and compliance. Born to Mexican immigrants in the Central Valley of California, she is a native Spanish speaker familiar with both farming and inner-city communities.
Martha is a proud, Black Latina, mother of five, and doctoral student in Public Administration. She has nearly 8 years of experience as a child welfare caseworker and switched sides of the courtroom as a clinical consultant with the Office of Respondent Parent Counsel to advocate on behalf of parents after noticing the drastic racial disparities BIPOC families experience. Martha’s passion for cultural competence and social justice yields the tenacity to gain traction in appeals cases and support families through the Family Justice Initiative. Martha was a founding member of the Boulder County Equity Council and is the coordinator for Boulder Conversations About Race. On the weekends, Martha is an enhanced mental health crisis clinician with North Range Behavioral Health, sees clients in her private practice, or can be found at demonstrations and rallies engaging in community activism alongside her family. This might seem like a lot, but Martha makes room for what matters and is always game for some good trouble.